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December To Do List

December To Do List

It’s time to select your Christmas tree! Here, we have your tree BY NAME!  How about having “The Hulk” or “Minnie Mouse” in your living room?

Always make sure your tree receives a fresh cut before taking it home. We do this for you!  When selecting, cup your hand at the base of a branch and run up down the length of the branch. If the needles have a healthy green color, are soft and hold fast, the tree is fresh. Christmas trees need a stand. Make sure it is large enough to hold at least one gallon of water. Replenish the water as needed, never letting the water level drop below the bottom of the trunk. Add tree preservative to the water to help keep it fresh longer.

DECEMBER TO DO LIST:  

-Plant cool-season annuals & vegetables

-Lower lawn mower blades for cool-season lawns

-Stop feeding St. Augustine lawns

-Place a bird feeder in the garden since natural food sources may not be available as much for birds

-Freshen up container gardens

-Divide and replant all clumping perennials

-Plant all kinds of hardy plants {trees, shrubs, perennials & vines}

-Reduce water on deciduous fruit trees

-As bulb foliage yellows and goes dormant, separate and replant for next season’s bloom

-Pansies and other cool-season annuals benefit from using blood meal when planted in order to keep the older foliage healthy.

– Apply Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper by Hi-Yield containing Dimension in flower beds to prevent cool weather weeds from growing.  Try to apply right before a rainfall or deeply water in.

-Apply fresh bed dressing (mulch, straw, etc.) to flowerbeds to help prevent winter weeds and to insulate the roots of landscape plants

-Water landscape plants every 7-10 days or as needed
– Do NOT prune landscape plants back yet, wait until mid-January to early February.  Pruning back now may promote new growth.  Tender vegetation is much more susceptible to cold damage, which may occur if we have a strong cold front in January.  Also, remember not to prune azaleas until after they bloom in the spring.